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London, United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom
Spaces, places and how they are both created or represented have always intrigued me. This is the reason I'm studying architecture. My interests in science and art ground the architectural projects I'm involved in at the AA. In my work I believe it is important to balance aesthetically pleasing designs with function and location. I'm currently interested in an Internship at a Architectural firm in London.
I thoroughly enjoyed my first glimpse into the real world of architecture when I got chance to work with the Firm Assael Architects this summer. I took on a diverse set of roles from making hand drawn tracings of proposed buildings to be displayed on a bill board for a housing project, to constructing computer models of current site plans, I even created a topographic landscape model out of sheets of card displaying a site on the slope of a hill.
I gained heaps of understanding though my exploits into the range of skills and roles an architect has to take on. I particularly found it engaging to attend meetings and realised though just this how fluid ideas are at the early stages of a project, shared viewpoints created new ideas entirely and decisions were made relatively fast. The experience also sparked many new project ideas I hope to explore in the coming year.
I was involved in a five day work experience where I learned about the process by which tensile membrane structures are constructed. Hightex is one of the leading roof-membrane companies in the world and constructed the Wimbledon Centre Court Roof in London.
I was shown how to design (using various software programmes) and to create, (using only socks, cardboard and paperclips) a prototype for a roof membrane structure. This experience was very useful for me because it showed me how vital engineering is to architecture and I gained a better understanding of design and the process of translating ideas into their tangible form.
Working in Saatchi & Saatchi for three weeks allowed me to understand the processes by which great ideas are realised. I really enjoyed working as part of a creative team. However it also made me see that I wanted to be working in a more practical way and making things that last. I want to combine the logic of maths with the freedom of design.
I worked in a team to re-design the lunch menu for the one of internal departments. I was also worked on fictional, past or present briefs in order to brain-storm advertising ideas.
During my time there learned how to use Photoshop and Illustrator. I used this knowledge to explore the use of different fonts in advertising campaigns.